Connecticut Homeworkers/ Telecommuting laws & compensation compliance analysis

Connecticut Homeworkers/ Telecommuting: What you need to know

State law allows employees of state agencies and the executive and legislative branches of state government to participate in telecommuting or at-home work assignments if appropriate under collective bargaining agreements as determined by the commissioner of Administrative Services, who will also manage the telecommuting program. A telecommuting agreement for each participating employee must be filed with the Department of Administrative Services. Agreements are for 6 months and may be extended.
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CTrides, a statewide initiative of the Connecticut Department of Transportation, offers guidance in the design, development, and implementation of a custom teleworking program with flexible, customizable work options that enable employees to work from home or other approved off-site locations. For more information, call 877-287-4337, or go to http://ctrides.com.
Under state law, “homeworkers” are defined as anyone other than an immediate member of a business owner's family who engages in the manufacturing process or any part thereof in any residential building. Such work is subject to state general statutes on wage and hour laws and working conditions, as well as inspection and control by the Connecticut Department of Labor. which requires employers to obtain a license from the commissioner and maintain records of materials, rates of pay, and total earnings. Homework operations must conform to the laws governing hours of work and other conditions of employment for minors (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 31-30 through Sec. 31-33). Note that the interpretation of what processes are included under those regulations has resulted in gray areas. For example, folding, stapling, and inserting ...

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